The big question confronting Grilled was whether littlehorse would care enough to beat Robbie Football Club, and the answer was in the negative, with RFC strolling to a 2-0 home win. This took them to fourth place and safety, with -= Manchester United =- slipping into fifth due to their 0-3 defeat to runners-up Mia San Toa Payoh.
"littlehorse weren't under any obligation to win." Hovaness Noubaryan
accepted in the post-game presser. "It's on ourselves. Five points from second place isn't terrible
by any means, but I expect the players to build strongly on this experience."
It will be Batok Earthquakes who will challenge Grilled for their spot in II.2 next Sunday. The Earthquakes are of course no strangers to the Birds, having being leaguemates in II.1 not that long ago, with their six meetings being split evenly between the sides. Little has changed about Batok Earthquakes' defensive philosophy since then, as they cruised to a near-perfect 39 points to take the III.3 crown.
For all of this, the Farmer Bunnies' fate in II.3 had to be all the more intriguing, what with FC Barca Singapore sensationally taking the lead against Oneteamtoplay through Liow Kok Aik after barely two minutes. Sim Leng Cheng
responded by scoring for the Buns in the tenth minute against Ah Beng FC, and if the day had ended there and then, they would have been champions.
FC Barca's goal would be something of a mirage, however, and Oneteamtoplay would break their resistance with Yann Somers' equalizer in the 33rd. Goals by Hj Erwan bin Rajali and Boe Mogensen soon followed, for a well-deserved 3-1 half-time lead. Although the Buns would finish the day 5-0 winners, thanks to braces from Sim and Ibrahim Zahran Al-Maashany
, Oneteamtoplay left absolutely no doubt as they struck four more times in the second half.
"We had to believe." goalscorer Kwek Yun Jie
mused after all was said and done. "But it wasn't enough."
There was some small consolation for the Buns, after it was realised that centreback Vishnu Tallapaka
had become an unlikely league Golden Boot winner with seven goals, just ahead of Oneteamtoplay's Shabanali Izad Panah, Controlar's Derya Kozak and Between's Angel Iliev, all on six. "Taking penalties pays after all!"
Finally, Grilled International let themselves go somewhat as they slipped to a three-all draw in Belgium against fc Snoetie, who kicked things off with a 12th minute Eckardt Gedrich goal, and stayed competitive despite Thibo Dedeurwaerder being dismissed for a second yellow card five minutes before the break.
That was no skin off Tajit bin Mohd
's back, as he sought to focus his team on getting into IV.60, by beating Italian residents The heart of the fool. "They may not be in the best of form, but make no mistake, they are the heavy favourites here. A lot hinges on whether Fausto Perono
can regain match fitness in time."